Waxing Gibbous Moon
Waxing Gibbous MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waxing Gibbous in Virgo

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 13 days young.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 2 March 2020 at 19:57.

Worm Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 1 day on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1956"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1932".

Lunation 249 / 1202

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 249 of Meeus index or 1202 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes and it is 58 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2020. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠152.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠152.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠177.9°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 26 February 2020 at 11:35 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2020 at 06:33 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 366 472 km

The Moon is 366 472 km (227 715 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 123 km (221 906 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 4 March 2020 at 14:58 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 March 2020 at 01:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.441° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.540° at the point of next southern standstill on 17 March 2020 at 14:07 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 9 March 2020 at 17:48 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov